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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Perissodactyla
Family:Equidae
Genus:Equus
Genus species:Equus burchelli

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:1.9-2.4 m
Weight:235 kg
Identification:The plains zebra has a white to yellowish coat with light to dark brown or black stripes. There is a great variation in stripe patterns among individuals and species. Zebras have a small erect mane that never falls to the side.
Habitat:Grassy plains, lightly wooded savannas, hills
Diet:Herbivore: grass, leaves, bark, sedges
Reproduction:A single foal is born after a gestation period of one year. Seven to ten days after giving birth, females come into heat and will breed again. Foals are weaned when they are one year old.
Family groups are led by an adult male (6-18 years old) with six mares and their young. Membership in these groups is permanent. Families may gather to form larger herds.
Behavior:The mood of the zebra is often indicated by the position of the ears, mouth, and tail.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:From the moment after birth, foals begin to memorize their mother's stripe pattern for easy recognition.

Other Information

Geographic:Eastern Africa
Southern Africa
Date:1971-11 Subjects:Plains zebra
odd-toed ungulate
Common zebra
Burchell's zebra
Zebras
Equus
Equidae
Perissodactyla
Ungulates
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata